Wonders of the Blue Whale Weekend - New Bedford Whaling Museum
Blue Whale Feeding

This program is part of general admission to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Movie tickets for Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D can either be purchased with general admission or separately.

Wonders of the Blue Whale Weekend

November 24th - November 26th

Ready to eat again? A Blue Whale would be – they can eat up to 4 tons of food a day! That amount of krill could fill an entire dump truck.

Learn even more amazing facts about these incredible animals at the New Bedford Whaling Museum during Thanksgiving weekend. Families can gather together and watch the extended 40-minute version of our new film – Blue Whales: Return of the Giants – and then climb into our blue whale replica heart or go on their own whale hunt throughout the galleries.

Museum Members that visit throughout the weekend will be entered in for a chance to win our Blue Whale gift set, which includes a Blue Whale: Return of the Giants movie poster, a reusable water bottle, and a huggable blue whale stuffed animal.

3d Movies

Blue Whales: Return of the Giants
(25 Minutes)

9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, & 1:30 PM
Limited on time? Join us at 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM for the 25-minute version of Blue Whales: Return of the Giants. This is the version that we play every day at the Museum and is great for our littlest of learners!

Location: Cook Memorial Theater

Blue Whales: Return of the Giants
(45 Minutes)

10:30 AM, 12:30 AM, & 2:30 PM

Enjoy the extended 45-minute version of our new film – Blue Whales: Return of the Giants. Gain an even greater appreciation for these magnificent animals and the scientist that are studying them.

Location: Cook Memorial Theater

“The film is a wonderful marriage of storytelling, fact-giving, and entertainment."
- Andy Serkis, Actor and Narrator of Blue Whales: Return of the Giants


Highlights Tour

11:00 AM

Tour the Whaling Museum with one of our docents to see the "can't miss" exhibits and hear stories about the people, places, creatures, and history of the SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.

Location: Starts in Lobby

Feed the Whale Toss Game

All Day

Take turns “feeding” our blue whale cutout by tossing faux-krill into its open mouth. Whether you’re aiming for high scores or just trying to enjoy some lighthearted fun, this game is sure to make a splash with your family.

Location: Whales Today (Lower Level)

Color Me Blue

All Day

No two Blue Whales are exactly alike. Scientist are able to tell them apart by the spots on their backs and the shape of their dorsal fins. Create your own unique blue whale by taking a break at our coloring station.

Location: Whales Today (Lower Level)

Whale Scavenger Hunt

All Day

There are twelve whales hiding in the museum waiting to be found. Discover as many as you can to earn a special Blue Whale sticker or a temporary tattoo from the admission desk.

Location: Starts in Lobby